Reporting Sandra McNeill
DETROIT (WWJ) – They’re going for the record books this weekend on Belle Isle.
They’ll need more than a thousand balls and thousands of people, but a coalition of community groups thinks they have what it takes to smash a record for the world’s largest Dodgeball game.
Marlow Stoudamire is one of the people behind “Dodgeball in the D.”
“We need to get more than 3,500 people,” Stoudamire said. “But we’re targeting 5,000 Detroiters. So we need everyone to come, from local barbershops to executive boardrooms. All hands on deck.”
“The idea behind the event is to really pull Detroiters together,” Stoudamire said.
He’s going to play, too. And when he gets on the field, he’ll be all business. His plan: stand in the back. “My strategy is, let the front line get taken out first,” Stoudamire joked. “And then I’ll step in and clear up all of the mess.”
The attempt at the Dodgeball record will take place on Belle Isle on Saturday, August 20 along with the Youth Connection’s 10th Annual After School Fair. At the fair, there will be food, music, a Kids Zone and a chance for students to sign up for after school activities.
The current record is currently held by the U.S. Naval Academy, with 3,500 participants.
Organizers would like players to sign up in advance for the Dodgeball game. Visit this link.